Celebrate First Nations Culture with Parramatta’s Warami Program

Celebrate First Nations Culture with Parramatta’s Warami Program

The city of Parramatta is set to celebrate First Nations culture as part of the Warami program, beginning this weekend. From the Dharug word for “good to see you,” the Warami program is an eight-week celebration of Indigenous storytelling, art, music, and culture. Celebrate First Nations Culture with Parramatta’s Warami Program

This year’s program includes the inaugural “Stories Under the Stars” on Saturday, June 1, featuring the city’s first glow-in-the-dark art installation at the newly named Yilabara Path. This stunning installation was created by Indigenous artist Leanne Redpath (Watson), in collaboration with artists Tina Barahanos and Alexandra Byrne.

In addition to the art installation, “Stories Under the Stars” will offer an array of activities including an outdoor cinema, performances, traditional workshops, and family-friendly events. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Parramatta Eels player Dean Widders and watch his film ‘Araatika! Rise Up!’ They can also mingle with current Eels players Mahalia Murphy, Rachael Pearson, RubyJean Kennard, Elsie Alberts, and Steve Ella.

This celebration coincides with the launch of Parramatta’s First Nations Strategy, aimed at driving understanding, recognition, and respect for the Dharug people and all Indigenous communities across Parramatta.

The Warami program runs from May 26 to July 13, beginning with National Sorry Day commemorations to honor the Stolen Generation, and concluding with the annual Burramatta NAIDOC celebration in mid-July.

Lord Mayor Cr Pierre Esber emphasized the importance of the Warami program, calling it an opportunity for the community to celebrate, recognize, and learn about the country’s rich First Nations culture.

“Parramatta is leading the way with this unique celebration at the Parramatta River Foreshore and by transforming one of its laneways into a First Nations arts and culture masterpiece,” Cr Esber said.

The glow-in-the-dark artwork at Yilabara Path is not only a spectacular addition to the city’s street art but also provides a safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists at night.

Cr Esber highlighted “Stories Under the Stars” as a “must-do” event for everyone.

“Whether you want to try out basket weaving, astronomy and poetry workshops, cooking demonstrations, or enjoy live music, the markets, or the outdoor cinema, you won’t be disappointed,” he said.

2024 Warami Program Key Events

National Sorry Day

  • When: Sunday, 26 May
  • Time: 10am-2pm
  • Where: Old Government House, Parramatta Park

Stories Under the Stars

  • When: Saturday, 1 June
  • Time: 3pm-7:30pm
  • Where: Parramatta River Foreshore

Burramatta NAIDOC

  • When: Saturday, 13 July
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Where: The Crescent, Parramatta Park

Riverside Theatres Warami Performances

Heart of the Man

  • When: Friday, 12 July, 7pm

The Skin of Others

  • When: Sunday, 14 July, 3pm

Beyond Broadway

  • When: Sunday, 2 July, 3pm

PHIVE Warami Events

Weaving for Kids: Dilly Bags with Tarni Eastwood

  • When: Wednesday, 17 July, 2-4pm
  • Where: PHIVE Makerspace

Introduction to Basket Weaving for Adults with Tarni Eastwood

  • When: Wednesday, 17 July, 6-8pm
  • Where: PHIVE Makerspace

For a full list of all programs and events happening across all Council facilities, visit the Parramatta City Council website.

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Source: https://nit.com.au/24-05-2024/11603/a-celebration-of-indigenous-storytelling-art-music-and-culture-as-city-of-parramatta-launches-eight-week-warami-program

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